Nepal Army Takes Aim at the Young Communist League
Posted by Ka Frank on January 18, 2010
This article was published on Nepal News on January 17, 2010.
YCL more dangerous for peace process than combatants in cantonments: NA
Nepal Army (NA) has concluded, the Unified CPN (Maoist) has not renounced its military character and that its youth wing, the Young Communist League (YCL) is more dangerous to the ongoing peace process than the combatants staying in cantonments, Kantipur daily reported. NA top brass reached such conclusion after analysing reports collected from various places by its intelligence wing and the recent remarks of some Maoist leaders.
‘The activities going on at local level is in line with Maoist chairman’s recent expression that the party’s final goal is to capture state power by people’s revolt,’ said a Major General present at the meeting. ‘This can be a threat to the peace process.’
According to information collected by Department of Military Intelligence (DMI), there are about 6000 full-time cadres, most of them former combatants, in YCL and they have about 1000 guns with them. Altogether, there are 100,000 members throughout the nation with 30,000 of them active.
DMI had collected the information by mobilising its local units in some places including Udaypur, where YCL had decided to transform itself to a para-military squad and formed platoons of 45 members. An army officer said, ‘Going by the recent activities of the YCL, they are more dangerous to the peace process than the combatants in the cantonments.
According to the source, CoAS Gurung has already informed the Prime Minister and the defense minister about this. The report says, NA has also informed Joint Monitoring and Coordination Committee on arms and army, which comprises representatives of the government, the Maoists and the UN.